Sunday, September 12, 2010

Workaround for Windows 7 to have multi-panel [All Programs] like Windows XP

The "All Programs" in the Start Menu of Windows XP is expandable to multiple panels to show all the items in it.

However, this behaviour has been changed in Windows 7, and now when you click on "All Programs", the items is listed in a short, single panel listing, and if you have a long list of installed applications, you have to scroll through the list  to reach the one you intend to open.

There is a workaround for this without having to install and make use of 3rd party Start Menu alternative program such as Vista Start Menu.

I'll share with you how to do it.

Firstly, you need to make sure the hidden ProgramData folder is visible. Go to Control Panel > Folder Options and click on View, select "Show hidden files, folders and drives" under Hidden files and folders option.

Now, right click on the round Windows logo of the Start Menu, and click on Properties. Then click the "Customize..." button.

Search for an item that you won't use (eg. Recorded TV) which can be display as a menu, check on Display as a menu for that item.

Now, you should be able to see the Recorded TV item in your Start Menu. Right click on it, and Rename it to "All Programs". After that, right click on it and select Properties.

Next, Remove the item inside the Library locations panel. Then click on "Include a folder..." button.

Then, navigate to "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" and  click the Include Folder button. No need to share this folder if you're asked about this.

You're done. Check your Start Menu and see it in action! Now you have 2 options of "All Programs", the original one which remains, and the new one you've just made.


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